Posted in California Livin', Hiking, Nature, Wellness

Friday Favorite: Fullerton Loop

Sunday is a day of rest.  Sunday is the last day of the weekend when you are supposed to dread going back to work because MONDAY.  Sunday is for reading the paper, drinking coffee, and watching football.  That’s not me.  Sunday to me is getting ready for the week.  Figuring out what I am going to wear, maybe write, and definitely exercise.  Running and yoga are usually the norm but I have been trying to get the whole family to be active on Sundays.  This past Sunday we checked out the Fullerton Loop, a hiking trail that you can also bike and run.  It was a beautiful day and even though we only managed to do 4 miles round trip, we got outside, the kids were loud and rowdy, and I had to pee the whole time (which is pretty much the story of my life).

While Dad figured out where we were going, the kids did an obligatory pose/dab:

Fullerton Loop Dabbing

We started off strong with Scarlet leading the way with her confident stride, not yet annoyed by her brother’s antics

Fullerton Loop Confident Stride

Then Wesley started running up and down the hills, trying to make this “boring” hiking trail (not every hike is Joshua Tree kid) fun

Fullerton Loop Wesley please dont run up the hill

Followed by me asking him to come down as my anxiety tried to take over, whispering he could get hurt or bit by a rodent or snake

Fullerton Loop Thank You Wesley

We stopped at a bench and it was very polite and cordial

Fullerton Loop Bridge Sign

About a quarter of the way in the kids were still smiling so I captured the moment under a bridge

Fullerton Loop Bridge

Wesley has his “I’m the King of the World” daily stance

Fullerton Loop Wesley King

One under a bridge, one on top of a bridge

Fullerton Loop Bridge Smiles

Wesley telling me to find him

Fullerton Loop Bridge find Wesley

Happy they found not a Christmas but a Stranger Things tree

Fullerton Loop Stranger Things

There was some complaining/whining/yelling about needing water and being tired but I know the kids will be up for another hike on one of these upcoming Sundays.  And I will be too.

I hope you have a go to list of things that make you happy and you get to enjoy them over the weekend.  Thanks for reading!

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Posted in Pop Culture, Wellness

Friday Favorites

I am knee deep in purging, packing, and panic over here and haven’t been able to properly sit down and write a decent blog post. I’ve written down some topics: Ode to Tacos, Woman Crush Wednesday (Stephanie Beatriz, aka Rosa from Brooklyn Nine-Nine), even just pictures of furniture that I am eyeing for the new house. But then I dismissed them all under stupid or no one cares (I have a long list of those that my brain likes to remind me of). So here’s a list of what is making me happy right now. I hope you have a list of your own (maybe one of these is on there!) and are able to take the time to enjoy them.

Music: Miley Cyrus’s “Younger Now”

Miley is an old soul. This video is rockabilly adorable and her smokey voice has only gotten stronger as you see her becoming the person she is meant to be.

Movie: The Big Sick

If you have read about The Big Sick, you know that it is touted as being a sweet and funny romantic comedy that you will love. And that is all true. The plot is based on the real life love story between star Kumail Nanjiani and Emily Gordon, who is played by Zoe Kazan. Along with It, The Big Sick is one of my favorite movies of 2017.

Hulu Binge: Top of the Lake China Girl

This second season of the Elisabeth Moss crime drama manages to improve on the first. Gwendoline Christie (Game of Thrones) and Nicole Kidman as flawed but strong women join the cast as Moss’s Robin tries to find the killer of a young sex worker who washes up on the shore of Sydney, Australia. Jane Campion (The Piano) doesn’t shy away from dark subject matter but it is always compelling.

Book: Stephen King’s The Stand

This is my first Uncle Stevie novel and I have read over and over again that this is his best one. I am about a quarter of the way in and all I can think is:

Yes, I knew before that Stephen King was awesome. The Shawshank Redemption and The Green Mile are two of my all time favorite movies that are based on stories by him. But as a writer/reader, his level of description is mind blowing. I feel like Captain Obvious typing this but seriously, why did I wait so long?!

Movie Trailer: Wes Anderson’s Isle of Dogs

Dogs, Japan, animation, and Wes Anderson. And no matter how weird it looks, it will be AWESOME.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Posted in Health, Wellness

Friday Favorite (aka Where I blabber about what I love): Hiking

The weather is hot and dry. The grass is making the girl’s eyes water and her throat itchy. She pulls on her grape bubblegum shorts. Her paper white unicorn shirt with rainbow hearts and cap sleeves doesn’t have dirt on it yet. She looks at the ladybug crawling up a dandelion. “Stephanie! Look alive!” The girl “humphed” in reply. Her coach signaled at her, pointing to the middle of the field. God she hated soccer.

I was not sporty or athletic growing up. I sucked at soccer as a child even though I played for eight years. I think it was a combination of being awkward, clumsy, and not wanting to play. Like Danny Zuko, I am not a team sports person (this also could be said about life in general). I was the cliché student that got picked last for P.E. If there was a game going on and I was walking nearby, there was a 99.99999% chance that a flying ball would hit me in the head. I still duck at sporting events.

Fast forward to my late 20s. I decided to try yoga due to carpel tunnel syndrome in both of my hands. It worked and I found that I loved pushing my body by stretching. Five years after that I started cardio. I don’t love it but it helped me maintain my weight after I had kids. Add running and Pilates as a last ditch effort to stop aging before my 40th birthday and I now have a well rounded regimen of exercising.

All of this has helped me become strong and fit. But I don’t clap my hands in glee when I am about to workout. When my family and I went hiking behind our neighborhood last October, I thought it would be a small workout and I would have to still run and do yoga after wards. But we all found that we really liked it. We all came home filthy and I didn’t care (okay, maybe a little). We have gone to Joshua Tree and Walker Canyon since then and I find myself wanting to vacation at National Parks like Yellowstone and Zion (preferably before the current dumbass administration destroys them).

Joshua Tree 1

I hope you have a go to list of things that make you happy and you get to enjoy them over the weekend. Thanks for reading!